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Nirmala Gopal & Reshma Sookrajh

In: Working Women: Stories of Strife, Struggle and Survival

Chapter 11: Children Left Behind: Voices (Ukhuhebeza)1 of HIV+ Mothers

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Children Left Behind: Voices (Ukhuhebeza)1 of HIV+ Mothers
Children left behind: Voices (Ukhuhebeza) of HIV+ mothers
NirmalaGopal and ReshmaSookrajh
Introduction

While developing countries account for approximately 90 per cent of new infections, sub-Saharan Africa bears the largest burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic (Taylor 1998). Taylor further asserts that over two-thirds of all the people in the world, nearly 21 million men, women and children, are in sub-Saharan Africa, and 83 per cent of the world's AIDS deaths have occurred in this region. An estimated 87 per cent of the world's children living with HIV are in Africa. Taylor describes the HIV epidemic in Southern Africa as explosive. According to the UNAIDS Report on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic (UNAIDS 2000), the number of new infections in most sub-Saharan countries ...

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